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Prepared for 2nd wave?

With the second wave of infections, tourism has seen several cancellations. Is the trade prepared? TRAVTALK finds out. Himmat Anand, Founder, Tree of Life Resorts It is my belief that opportunities do not come your way – they have to be created – and given the present re-emergence of COVID, …

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Domestic travel picks up in NE

Domestic travel, and especially sustainable travel, is slowly picking up within Assam and the Northeast, with FITs booking anything from three to nine-night packages to destinations that don’t have too many COVID restrictions. Hazel Jain With his finger on the pulse, Arijit Purkayastha, Chapter Chairman – North East, Association of …

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Better insurance cover?

Do insurance companies need to hone their products to meet the changing traveller demand for a better insurance cover? Travel agents say yes, along with better product knowledge for more clarity. Hazel Jain After a year of pandemic-related challenges, travel insurance has become a topic of conversation in the travel …

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Travel post vaccine

Industry stakeholders share their view on how, if at all, COVID vaccination will change the way people travel. Rajiv Mehra, President, IATO I believe that what WTTC is also saying is that once you have been vaccinated and given a certificate, it should be good enough to travel. There should …

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JTB India’s 1st virtual MICE roadshow

JTB India’s MICE Engage 2021, that will be held on April 28, 2021, will be a virtual platform to connect NTOs and hotel chains directly with key corporate clients. The show is also open to airlines, cruises, attractions and theme parks, and will focus on restarting travel post COVID-19 and …

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Domestic bookings on Ghumney

Venturing into the domestic market, three-time National Award winner Special Holidays has now launched Ghumney.com — one of India’s domestic-only holiday travel portals. Nisha Verma Sandeep Jain, Director of Special Holidays and the newly-launched Ghumney.com, shares that with this initiative, they are following the Hon’ble Prime Minister’s vision of Dekho …

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Cricket a living bridge for India-UK

Alex Ellis, British High Commissioner to India and a cricket fanatic, says that the United Kingdom and India share a unique bond that’s perfectly encapsulated in the passion for cricket in the two countries. ‘I’ve played the game all my life and still do. I hope to be a part …

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TAFI national elections in limbo

The Travel Agents Federation of India’s (TAFI) national elections that had been planned for January have now been indefinitely postponed due to an unprecedented glitch in one of its chapter elections. Hazel Jain As per the association rules, the Travel Agents Federation of India was to hold its national elections …

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Spreading its wings with Asego

While travel assistance and insurance have always been at the core of Karvat Group’s business, it will also adopt a new business model with the launch of its new venture – Asego, says Dev Karvat, Chief Executive Officer, Karvat Group. What are the latest developments in your organisation? With the …

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